Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Little Dragon

Bruce Lee, Text by (Art/Photo Books), John Little, Editor, Shannon Lee Keasler, Preface by Tuttle Publishing $24.95 (180p) ISBN 978-0-8048-3230-4
People were drawn to the charismatic Lee (1940-1973) not only by virtue of his physical skills as a martial artist but also by his words as a teacher. Lee spoke in a uniquely concise, passionate and honest style that made people want to listen to him. The intensity of his words and presence is expertly captured in this wonderfully illustrated book. Based on editor Little's short documentary film Bruce Lee in His Own Words, the narrative traces Lee's life from his childhood in Hong Kong up to his death in 1973. It features quotes from Lee on the subjects that were most important to him: humanity, family, acting and, of course, martial arts. Lee speaks with conviction about these matters and makes use of both allegory and humor to get across his points. The book also features stills from Lee's movies and television appearances, as well as personal photos of Lee with his family. In all, this is an enjoyable, nostalgic read that goes behind the camera, allowing the reader to see Lee not as a legend but as a human being. Even 27 years after his death, interest in Lee remains strong, and so this book should prove popular, not only among his fans but students of the martial arts; sport and fitness stores and centers are an obvious ancillary outlet. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2000
Release date: 11/01/2000
Hardcover - 180 pages - 978-0-8048-4407-9
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